MA (Irish Drama and Theatre)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
Students on this course will have unprecedented access to these materials – almost all of them unavailable anywhere else – to learn about such major Irish writers as W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, G.B. Shaw, Lady Gregory, Sean O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Thomas Kilroy, Marina Carr, Martin McDonagh, Enda Walsh, and many others.
We will read these writers’ plays and discuss the historical staging of their work. And students on this programme will be able to access archival material relating to these authors – including videos of performances, original promptbooks, correspondence, drafts of plays, and so on. The course thus provides students with exciting and unique ways to explore the history and practice of Irish theatre.
The course is ideally suited to anyone with an interest in Irish drama and theatre. It provides skills in research and archiving and will thus be of special interest to anyone interested in PhD research on Irish drama – yet it is also very well suited to people with a general interest in Irish drama who wish to develop their knowledge further. It also has practical components, and will involve attendance at theatres in Galway and Dublin. Students will also be able to benefit from the university’s partnerships with the Abbey Theatre and Druid.
The programme is intended for graduates with at least a university arts degree (minimum standard H2.2 or GPA 3.0). Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted via a qualifying exam if they have relevant professioinal experience, or be admitted to the PDip.
Students who do not meet the Honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 degree (Merit 2) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work.
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2015
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 15
Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.
NFQ level: 9
All students take the following four courses, each worth 10 ECTs.
Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey
Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present
The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive
Druid Theatre in History and Practice
Students then choose two further modules from the following list:
Writing about Theatre and Performance
Irish Theatre in Practice
Reviewing Theatre in Ireland
All students also complete a minor dissertaion, worth 30 ECTs, on a topic of their choice related to Irish drama.
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
Professor Patrick Lonergan
Dr Charlotte McIvor
Dr Miriam Haughton
Thomas Conway, Druid Director-in-Residence
Professor Lionel Pilkington
Find out more
T +353 91 49 2631